Caliste DUMOND Edward Caliste DUMOND John Lewis DUMOND Minnie Ada DUMOND Walter DUMOND Curtis Edward DUMOND Serena Elizabeth YOUNG James Oliver DUMOND Jennie MCCOY Isabella DUMOND Sarah M HAGA Mini tree diagram
Solomon D Lewis DUMOND

Solomon D Lewis DUMOND1,4,5,12,6,7,8,13,9

2nd Oct 18611,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9 - 20th May 193811,3,4,10

Life History

2nd Oct 1861

Born in DeWitt, Arkansas, Arkansas.1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9

4th May 1887

Birth of son John Lewis DUMOND in Arkansas Post, Arkansas, Arkansas.4,2,16

6th May 1890

Birth of daughter Minnie Ada DUMOND in DeWitt, Arkansas, Arkansas.17,18,8

18th Jul 1894

Birth of son Walter DUMOND in Arkansas.19,8,6,20,21,22


Death of Serena Elizabeth YOUNG in Arkansas County, Arkansas.28,6,6,4

28th Jan 1897

Birth of son Curtis Edward DUMOND in DeWitt, Arkansas, Arkansas.8,23,2,24,25,26,6,27

17th May 1900

Married Jennie MCCOY in Arkansas County, Arkansas.6,8

about 1909

Birth of son James Oliver DUMOND in Arkansas.8,6,1

2nd Dec 1922

Death of Jennie MCCOY

3rd Nov 1926

Death of son John Lewis DUMOND in Arkansas County, Arkansas.14,4,15

20th May 1938

Died in Stuttgart, Arkansas, Arkansas.11,3,4,10

after 20th May 1938

Buried in Burial Childers Cemetery, DeWitt, Arkansas County, Arkansas.4,10

Other facts


Married Serena Elizabeth YOUNG


  • I got the basic information on Solomon Dumond from his great-niece Bertie Lois Dumond McSwain.  All she had from family tradition was his name and nickname, Sol.

    In 1870 I found Solomon Lewis with his mother and stepfather and other Dumond children in Cypress Bayou Township of Arkansas County, near Arkansas Post.  The surnames of Sol and his brother Caliste are not recorded correctly, seeming to indicate that the enumerator was confused about the surname of these two, though he got their sister Sarah Dumond's name right.  Note that half sister Mary DeBalt in the home.

    1870 Federal Census, Arkansas County, Arkansas, 9 July, Cypress Bayou Township, PO Arkansas Post, page 7, Hse/Fam #59
    DeBalt William 32 M W Farmer $400 Real Estate  $400  Personal  born Missouri cannot read or write
    DeBalt Sarah M 31 F W Keeping House born Tennessee cannot read or write
    Dumond Sarah 17 F W  Arkansas
    Calista Edward [sic]  11 M W  Arkansas
    Lewis Solomon [sic]  9 M W  Arkansas
    DeBalt Mary A 2 F W  Arkansas

    Solomon remarried after his first wife died.  He and widow Virginia (Jennie) McCoy Watkins merged their two families together in 1900.

    Arkansas, County Marriages Index, 1837-1957
    S L Dumond
    Gender: Male
    Age 39, Birth Year: abt 1861
    Residence DeWitt, Arkansas, Arkansas
    Spouse's Name Jennie Watkins
    Spouse's Gender Female
    Spouse's Age 35
    Spouse's Residence DeWitt, Arkansas, Arkansas
    Marriage 17 May 1900 Arkansas County
    Marriage License Date 17 May 1900

    I did not find Sol and Jennie in the 1900 census until May 2014, when he showed up in a new search for more info about his first wife Virginia (Jennie) McCoy Watkins.  They got married about a month before the 1900 census. Here we see the children from their previous marriages.

    1900 Federal Census, Arkansas County, Arkansas, 16 June, LaGrue Township, District 4, page 13B,  Hse #255, Fam #260
    Dumond, Solomon Head  W M [no age or birth date rptd] married 0 years AR France TN [No Occup Rptd] Owns
    Dumond, Jenny Wife W F Aug 1865 34 married 0 yrs 0 child/0 living [from this marriage, 6 children from her 1st marriage are here] MS KY VA VA
    Dumond, Lewis son W M Apr 1887  13 AR AR TN
    Dumond, Ada Dau W F May 1889  11 Single AR AR TN
    Dumond, Walter Son W M Jul 1896  3 Single AR AR TN
    Dumond, Curtis Son W M Jul 1897 [sic - ?]  3 Single AR AR TN
    Wadkins [Watkins], Leslie Stepson W M Aug 1884  15 Single AR NC AL
    Wadkins, Kate Stepdau W F Nov 1886 13 Single AR NC AL
    Wadkins, Ray Stepson W M Jul 1889 10 Single AR NC AL
    Wadkins, Tena Stepdau W F Oct 1891 8 Single AR NC AL
    Wadkins, Walter Stepson W M Jan 1894 6 Single AR NC AL
    Wadkins, Ree Stepson W M Dec 1896 3 Single AR NC AL

    The birth dates for Walter and Curtis are confusing.  They look like twins, with the age of both reported as 3.  But the years of birth are different,with the same date of birth.  Family sources and other records report Walter born 18 July 1894 and Curtis 28 Jan 1897. The enumerator has put Walter's birth month for both, but changed the year and got Walter's year wrong.  But, take heart, this is not the worst mess I have seen in the 1900 cnsus.  Birth dates reported are often wrong, especially the year.

    In 1910, he is listed under the name Sol L.

    1910 Federal Census, Arkansas County, Arkansas, 2 June, LaGrue Township, District 9, page 18A, Hse #203, Fam #211
    Dumond, Solomon L Head M W 49  2nd marriage  10 yrs in present marriage USA USA USA Farming Owns Farm
    Dumond, Jennie Wife F W 44  2nd marriage  10 yrs in present marriage  8 children, 7 living  Kentucky Virginia AR
    Wadkins, Lene (Lena? looks like Tena in 1900) Stepdau F W 17 AR NC KY
    Dumond, Sir Walter [sic] Son M W 15 AR USA AR
    Wadkins, Walter C  Stepson M W 14 AR NC KY
    Dumond, Curtis E  Son M W 13 AR AR KY
    Wadkins, Res (Reo?)  Stepson M W 12 AR AR AR
    Duff, Anis Foster Child  F W 6 AR USA AR
    Dumond, James O Son M W 1 AR AR AR

    Note that no birth state is reported for Sol or his parents, but both parents are reported as born in the USA.  We know from other sources that they were born in Arkansas, and Caliste in Arkansas County.

    Since Sol and Jennie married in 1900, James O (Oliver) is the only child from this marriage, born after 9 years of marriage.

    Curtis' record here is strange, since the birthplace of parents appears to match Sol and Jennie, but we are told they were not married but 10 years ago, while Curtis is 13 years old.  We know from other sources (such as the L'Heureux genealogy below) that Walter is the son of Sol's first wife, Serena (Serener) Elizabeth Young.  Likewise, the enumerator was confused or distracted when he recorded the information for Res (Reo?), showing him and both his parents (Jennie and Mr Wadkins) as born in Arkansas.  This child's name appears to be Res, but Ancestry transcribes it as Reo.

    On the same page, a few houses before Sol and Jennie, is another Wadkins, who looks like a brother of Jennie's first husband.  This is Sylvester Wadkins, born in Mississippi, of parents born in Alabama.  Jennie's Wadkins children's father is reported as born in North Carolina.  This would be possible, especially if he was an older brother of Sylvester. With this initial information in March 2008, I do not have enough information to confirm the family ties of the Wadkins.

    1920 Federal Census, Arkansas County, Arkansas, 3 February, LaGrue Township, District 12, page 11B, Hse #236, Fam #245
    Dumond, Sol L Head M W 58 AR AR AR Farmer
    Dumond, Jennie Wife F W 54 AR AR AR
    Dumond, Oliver Son M W 11 AR AR AR
    Duff, Annie Servant F W 16 AR AR AR Servant, Private Family

    Note that the places of birth in Jennie's record have all changed now to Arkansas.  Sol's record now correctly shows Arkansas as the birthplace of himself and both his parents.  I find it interesting that in 1910 Anis was listed as a foster child, but now is reported as a house servant.

    The Heureux Genealogy, by Jacques Heureux has a lot of other good details, including full names of the children from the first marriage of Solomon.  This list lacked dates of birth and other details.

    But this list enabled me to identify a Lewis J Dumond in the 1920 census, whom I had been unable to connect to the other Dumonds.  This would be the John Lewis that Jacques Heureux reports.  According to his age of 33 in the February 1920 census, John Lewis would have been born in 1896.

    Here is the information on Solomon Louis DUMOND and family from Jacques Heureux:

    BIRTH: 2 OCT 1861, Mena, Polk, AR
    DEATH: 20 MAY 1938, Stuttgart, Arkansas, AR
    Father: Caliste DUMOND
    Mother: Sarah HAGA
    Family 1: Serener Elizabeth YOUNG
    MARRIAGE: 6 MAR 1886
    John Lewis DUMOND
    Minnie Ada DUMOND
    Walter DUMOND
    Curtis Edward DUMOND
    Family 2: Jennie MCCOY
    child:  James Oliver DUMOND

    This provides information on the first wife, which one or two other genealogies with Solomon lack.  I am puzzled by the birth in Mena, however, which is on the border with Oklahoma.  All other information I have on Caliste and his family occurs in the east central area of the state, in Arkansas and Desha Counties.  It would be odd if he and Sarah went that far west, had a child, then came back.  He already had a land grant from 1850 in Arkansas-Desha, and public records before and after place the family there.

    I thought it might be related to Caliste's Civil War assignment.  He was a member of the Desha County Militia.  Checking on the dates, I see that Caliste did not enroll in the militia until 28 November 1861, just 6 weeks after Sol's birth.  So he was still in the Arkansas Post area.  In the 1860 census he was enumerated in the Swan Lake area of Arkansas County, in Old River Township.

    While Jacques seems wrong about the place of birth, the exact date he provides for the birth of Solomon Lewis would fit the other known information about Solomon.  The death date here also fits within a range reported by another major Dumont researcher, Brian Demoe.

    This  compilation lacks the child Walter, but provides some additional details I had not found on the children,

    Solomon Louis Dumond
    B 2 Oct 1861 DeWitt, Arkansas, Arkansas
    D 20 May 1938 Stuttgart, Arkansas, Arkansas
    Wife Serener Elizabeth Young
    B 4 Mar 1870 DeWitt, Arkansas, Arkansas
    D 1897 Arkansas
    John Lewis Dumond
    b 4 May 1887 Arkansas City, Arkansas, Arkansas
    d November 3, 1926 Arkansas, Arkansas
    Minnie Ada Dumond
    b 6 May 1890 DeWitt, Arkansas, Arkansas
    d 15 Jan 1979 San Antonio, Bexar, Texas
    Curtis Edward Dumond
    b 28 Jan 1897 DeWitt, Arkansas, Arkansas
    d 29 Dec 1943 Arkansas, Arkansas
    --  Byers Family,

    Sol was listed in the Essex Funeral Home Registry list, which gave the months of the book's first and last entries, but not the individual dates of death or burial.  This matches the death date given by Jacques L'Heureux above.

    Arkansas Death Index, 1914-1950
    Dumond, Solomon Lew
    Death 20 May 1938
    Arkansas County, Arkansas

    Solomon's gravestone has his name as Solomon D Lewis Dumond, apparently indicating another given name with the initial D.  I have found no other reference to such a name.  It appears to be an engraver's error that has been allowed to stand.

    Solomon D. Lewis "Sol" Dumond
    Birth Oct. 2, 1861 De Witt, Arkansas County, Arkansas
    Death May 20, 1938 Stuttgart, Arkansas County, Arkansas
    Father Caliste Dumond (1825 - 1863)
    Spouse Serena Elizabeth Young Dumond (1870 - 1897)
    Sibling Edward Caliste Dumond (1860 - 1902)
    Burial Childers Cemetery, Arkansas County, Arkansas, USA
    Created by Linda Miller Feb 21, 2006
    --  Find A Grave Memorial #134097,

    Sol was buried in a double grave with his first wife Sarah Elizabeth Young.

    Gravestone of Dumond Somlomon Lewis and Elizabeth
    Elizabeth  1870-1897
    Solomon D Lewis  1861-01938


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